would it be going too far to have the 'column/blog' section back as it was and also duplicate the articles so that they are displayed somewhere in the forum at the same time.
or, at least, have the 'intro' paragraph posted somewhere in the forum with a link to the full article in the 'columns/blog' section.
i'm just trying to think of a way to get more attention for the blogs - dedicated readers would check the blogs regularly, i know, but as they weren't strictly regular i think a lot of casual readers gave up.
having a short post in the forum, announcing that a new article was up, would hopefully entice a few more readers. and for those not interested they could quickly pass it by after reading the intro.